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state agencies are being hurt and have been hurt by budget cuts over the last few years and are looking for their piece of the pie. storyben salter has the this morning taking a look at the teacher strike and what they are looking for. thank you so much for your time this morning. guest: you bet. host: we want to get your thoughts on these teacher strikes, not only in oklahoma, but overall. do you support it or oppose it? tell us why. (202) 748-8000 for teachers. (202) 748-8001 for eastern and central time zones. (202) 748-8002 for mountain and pacific time zones. a teacher from virginia, good morning. caller: what you are seeing, i believe you will see it spreading across the nation. money is like a sickness. it is just beginning. there are so many other parts that go into it. you are talking about the long
hours, the disparity in schools, inequality. you are talking about the lack of minority teachers. also, looking at how we are teaching our children, for example, we continue to teach in a traditional model, even though we have been globalized for how many years now? in addition to that, i feel like we have been culturally unresponsive to the needs of the very children that are sitting in her classrooms. -- in our classrooms. what you are seeing about race relations, everything we learn is pretty much from, the civil war. what about all these things that reflect the children that sit in the classrooms from these various countries? do we teach about how we interact with other countries? host: let's go to cynthia in jacksonville, florida. caller: good morning. and i wouldteacher, ask the gentleman to comment.
our entire education system is never going to change until we stop funding our schools with local property taxes, and make states accountable to all schools in their state. in other words, the schools should be funded with state taxes across the board. state takes money from the federal government for schools, then every public school within that state should be equal in every way. desks,ks, guest -- facilities. right now, we have high income areas where the public schools are like expensive private schools. they have mothers doing volunteer work within the schools because the mothers come from wealthy families. that school does not have to pay for a librarian or an assistant in the office.
they can use their resources to give every child a computer, where inner-city schools, the parents cannot afford to volunteer. host: we believe the point there. a teacher in west virginia, len is next. caller: thank you for taking my call. i am a teacher -- former teacher and administrator, and i have a comment on secretary devos's meetings. what i want to say is i think it was terrible that attorney general eric holder and president obama automatically assumed all teachers were racist and wrote this up based on race. that is an insult to everybody who works with kids. i don't know of anybody who was who was asked about racism by the justice department. it was just assumed that was part of a disparity, and it is not true. people do not know what they are talking about. host: we will continue on with
calls about the teacher strike and show you other stories. tony rom talks about mark zuckerberg coming before congress this week and writes -- the stakes are skyhigh for zuckerberg, whose every statement will probably carry immense legal and political weight. a probe in the united states threatens facebook with multiple -- record fines and the effort could regulate facebook and the entire tech agency -- industry at a time when the government is wondering if silicon valley is out of control. the senator was referring to the legislative onslaught of the lawmakers in the 1960's following revelations that they had manifestly failed to protect passengers from harm." two meetings with mark zuckerberg. before the senate, they will be live at 2:15 in the afternoon
and in the house it is live wednesday at 10:00 in the morning. both of those available to you on c-span3, c-span.org, and our radio act. david is in georgia. caller: the lady from florida, i think that was what she said. addressing. are not before the turn-of-the-century, we only educated the rich whites in this country because it was based mostly on money. my mother told me she only got a six or eight great education because that is as high as they went. now that all of the cotton has been picked, we are going back to that same philosophy of only ,anting to get that edge back of only wanting a small segment of our population educated, which will usually be whites, jews, and rich people.
in georgia, and across the united states, what they are doing in the suburban areas, they are building schools. in the urban areas, they are closing schools. two, and between the these kids understand what is going on because of the money factor. that is why a lot of these kids are tuning out. host: tommy, a teacher in washington, d.c. caller: i was calling in as a that was part of a strike at anacostia high school. resulted as a matter of the school not having plumbing and water working when school started. as teachers, often times our opinions are not taken into account and things are just done to us. we get to school in the morning and there is no working toilet. leaders within the school
district come to the school and take video from the principal's office of toilets working and water working, but throughout the school we did not have that we always have to educate for the children -- advocate for the children and no one is advocating for us. host: tucson, arizona, your next. caller: i just wanted to speak about the teachers. i think teachers should be one of the highest-paid jobs because they hold the future of our country in their hands. when i was in the first grade, i used to have a very bad habit of getting up off my desk and walking around the classroom all the time. my first grade teacher sat me down and tied me up at my desk. when i went home and i told my father what had happened, my i should dome that what my teachers said, and if i
ever did it again i would be punished. theink teachers are one of -- teachers, policemen, and firemen, i give them all the credit. to bees special people teachers, firemen, and policemen. host: we have a special unit here at c-span called our local content vehicles that travel the country, talking to people, interviews with very interesting people from states and cities across the united states. you can see them on our booktv and american history tv programming on the weekend. norman,hose stops, oklahoma as part of our cities to work. it is -- tour. this week, you can hear in part an interview with carlos hill, the author of "beyond the rose,
the impact of black lynching on culture and memory." >> the term "lynching" comes from an american revolutionary kernel. -- colonel. colonel lynch was famous for meeting out punishment on .uspected british tories if you were a suspected tory, colonel lynch as well as the men under his charge, what summarily tar and feather you. the term "lynching" comes from colonel charles lynch during the american revolution. during this period, by and large the individuals who would be victims of being summarily punished were white. in general.
this was the case through the early national period, the antebellum period. as we get closer to modern america, i would date a modern america beginning with the civil war and by the 1880's, the color of individuals being lynched is decidedly becoming darker, and lynching is becoming something that is used as being targeted towards racial minorities, and specifically african-american men. of thehat is just one interviews you will see as part of our programming of our cities .o work -- tour norman, oklahoma this weekend. find more on our website. william, good morning, from mooresville, pennsylvania. caller: hello. host: you are on. caller: i went to school.
i graduated in 1960. there was no school union. i had teachers who would stay after school and try and get me a scholarship because i graduated in the upper 1/5. that would never happen nowadays. boards,they fund school the state was trying to get it on a state tax, but all these rich school districts would not allow it because they would lose money because the poor districts would be getting some money. they just could not handle that. they would not allow it. besides that, i don't know why there has to be a superintendent of a school district. two superintendents in every school all making $150,000 to $200,000. there is no money left for those kids. host: that is william in pennsylvania.
on twitter a viewer says -- why do teachers believe they deserve money on the backs of taxpayers who have not seen raises in a decade? -- the teacher strikes are reviving the worker strikes from the earlier part of the 20th century. a good sign we are returning to an employer-employee balance here at elizabeth next from anderson, south carolina, a teacher. caller: i want to say that it seems to me that the unions now are not only causing the teachers to be anti-children, the things that they are -- realminto the round of the state's budgets and the , and the educating system too. i think this is a right to work
this, but i promise you, is not helpful for the teachers or for education. host: in san antonio, texas, we hear from louise. good morning. caller: hi. perspectivegive a on the charter schools. i have a daughter that has been involved in the charter school system for about -- host: go ahead. caller: i was talking and i heard bells. i wanted to give a perspective on the charter schools. , mycially here in texas daughter has been involved with .harter schools for 15 years for the last five years, she has been a principal of a middle school. complaints are that
they never have the supplies they need. she has to go around to businesses begging for money to try and buy supplies for her kids. she spends a lot of money out of her own pocket. is that complaint because they don't want to pay the teachers anything, she has a lot of first-year teachers, which means she doesn't know if they are going to be good teachers are not. when it turns out that they are, she can't hold onto them because they want to go to other states or other public schools where they pay more. host: let's hear from laura. laura is in riverside, california. good morning. caller: good morning. i am a retired teacher administrator and central artist -- office person in the regular
and charter schools. i cannot hear you. host: it is ok. caller: i wanted to say i support the teachers, and i really feel that across the nation teachers are underpaid. i think teachers will turn the tide when they take over the union and become professional organizations instead. aside theet politically correct, the social engineering they are doing, and stand up as other professionals, doctors, engineers, to be educators. that is, teach children whatever they need for them to become successful in the global economy. host: you are saying that only is going to happen if teachers focus on that and not other political aspects involved with unions and associations? caller: there are educational
specialists. they are the specialists. when they take on that role, they will get the respect they , that theyany other are looking for. host: let's hear from elliott in south carolina. caller: i taught in new york city for 40 years. i observed that over the years, minority parents and children, minority parents teach their minority children to hate teachers. teachers can be beaten on and whipped by students. they have no recourse. the arc city does not admit to it, but thousands of teachers are getting -- new york city does not admit to it, but thousands of teachers are getting their ass kicked. they are not respected. half an hour about
to go, and we are taking your thoughts on these teacher strikes, protests across the nation over pay and other things. forer: -- (202) 748-8000 teachers. (202) 748-8001 in the eastern and central time zones. (202) 748-8002 in the mountain pacific time zones. a couple of stories to show you in reaction to tariffs proposed by the trump administration, in the wall street journal about china's response. beijing has responded in kind to the u.s. actions, with penalties of a similar value, but if the trump administration pursues additional tariffs, the total would exceed the roughly $130 billion in goods china imports from the united states. that would seek beijing to seek other options -- force beijing to seek other options.
the story goes on to say, beyond the threats of trade penalties, china has actually imposed tariffs on $3 billion worth of farm goods and american products, answering levees laced by united states on chinese steel and aluminum. the new york times looks at an action of sanctions against russia, reticular lay certain ones in russia, saying the administration opposed new sanctions on 17 top government , incials on friday, in part the latest effort to punish the russian president's inner circle for interference in the 2016 election. they are designed to penalize some of russia's richest industrialists, who are seen in the west as enriching themselves increasinglyn's
authoritarian administration. the action prevents the oligarchs from traveling to the u.s. or doing business or opening a bank account with any major company or bank in the west. on the front page of the wall street journal, this is a result of the jobs report that came out yesterday that showed nonfarm payrolls rose to easily adjusted $103,000 after february's increase of $306,000. that extended a historic streak. employers have added to payrolls in 90 straight months in the expansion on record. this is from oregon, victoria is a teacher. caller: actually, i am a teacher of nurses, and i am semiretired. i am a member of the american federation of teachers because
our nursing organization as part of the american federation of teachers. i just want to say that the only way you can improve quality of either your workload in the yourroom or patient-staffing ratio, whatever it is you are aiming to do, is to have a collective voice and be involved and have a seat at the table. i fully support the teachers and i have actually written letters to them, and told them about the situation we had where we were out on strike for 66 days in 1988, to improve conditions for our patients and ourselves. now, that led to our organization, it has 10 million numbers across the country, being fully unionized, and us having a place on every committee, including eating a partner to the ceo of every regent and labor partner -- including being a partner to a
ceo of every regent and labor partner. host: commitment to the profession and as a teacher, i don't deserve a living wage? ian writes -- we solved our progress -- problem. we legalized marijuana. other states can do that too. tom is joining us from schuylerville, new york. caller: i would just like to comment, i don't really understand why we have unions in our public schools. i think the unions are an extreme negative force when it comes to public education. unions are in the business of protecting jobs, driving up costs, and as far as the pay you have tothink look at the complete package when you talk about teacher compensation. salary is just one aspect of it.
the other aspect is when you look at what these teachers are getting for health care benefits and retirement benefits, they are drastically out of sync with what the private sector provides. host: would you say that teachers don't need to have someone looking out for the job to make sure it is protected, like other unions went for other types of labor? caller: if they could organize it in the private sector, not in the public sector, because in the public sector it just breeds corruption because nobody is representing -- nobody is representing the taxpayer. nobody is trying to do things in a more efficient manner. the costs just keep going up but there is no accountability for performance. host: tulsa, oklahoma, susan is a teacher. good morning. caller: good morning.
i just vaguely heard what the fellow said before, and that is a valid point. we are a small state and we don't have revenue as we once did. we need to change how teachers are paid. we have one problem in that we were told some time ago when we voted in a lottery that it was going to help the teachers. now we have a huge lottery. if we did the lottery one time and got up to the numbers they talk about, we could solve the teacher problem, but we did not get that money. howe is a problem here with it is going to be funded, and people need to keep that in mind. host: what do you teach? caller: i don't teach anything. host: you are calling in on our teacher line. i want to clarify. the family members, are they striking as well? caller: yes, they are. host: the lines are set up in the sense that we want teachers
to call in on the teacher line, (202) 748-8000. for everybody regionally from the eastern and central time zones, (202) 748-8001 and (202) 748-8002 in mountain pacific time zones. the wall street journal takes a look at the issue of guns. a federal judge in massachusetts ruled the constitution offers no protection for the military style rifles used in recent mass shootings, dismissing a legal challenge by gunowners and dealers in the state. analogues "arets simply not weapons within the imaginal meaning of the constitutional right to bear arms." that is according to justice william young, an appointee of ronald reagan, who wrote that opinion. the ruling rejected a challenge to a 1998 massachusetts ban on high-capacity magazines and semiautomatic rifles with
military features, and it could be a rallying point for young advocates who have pressed for tighter gun control since 17 people were killed at a florida high school. scott is next. caller: i just want to point out something under the social security act that most teachers and government employees are not aware of called the windfall elimination division. you can find it under social security.gov. it says basically if you worked as a teacher, police, pay into your pension plan and you are not paying into social security, but you also have qualified for social security earlier -- in my case, that happened -- you go to collect your pension and they say you cannot get your whole social security check is of the windfall in limitation program. it took one third of my social security check and it will happen to these teachers, too.
passed inmething that the mid-1980's under reagan under the guise of saving social security, and it will affect teachers, firemen, policemen, if you do not pay into social security while working on your government pension, but you have qualified earlier for it. it is something they don't realize, but it will affect them. host: barbara from hollywood, florida, thanks for calling. caller: thank you. first off, i made an error, because i'm not a teacher. i am calling regarding the teachers and the teacher strikes. from what i remember, these teachers have not had an increase in their pay in some 10, 12 years. and that is crazy, when you think about it. the fact that they have our , that isin their hands
one thing i definitely want to talk about. it is ridiculous that we do: nickel and dime them for holding america's future in their hands. the other thing is, race relations with our children and their teachers, i don't think the teachers -- i don't think insidiouslize how racism is. it does play out and it is going to play out until we face it. that is coming from the interview that you had earlier. host: that is barbara in hollywood, florida. , a moviers this week taking a look at the events of chappaquiddick. and the new york times, he is
writing a biography on ted many scenes across from dramatic interpretation to character assassination. the kennedy character leaves her to die as she gasps for air and to the aid of her brother that his brother's -- his brother's old advisers that the scheme to salvage his presidential ambitions." kennedyon to write "mr. immediately and forever after fell deeper's morse dish -- felt deeper morse for the accident. senator hadned become what he long expired to be, and indispensable legislature whose achievements included the 18-year-old vote, the americans with disabilities act, and the children health
insurance program. up next, david in newark, new york, a teacher. caller: how are you? host: i am well, how about yourself? caller: i am good. i am in my 38 year of teaching in new york. a couple of things i would want to point out, when i first started teaching, in 1980, 1981, in new york state where i teach, the starting salary was such was married or a woman was married and had a family of four, they would have been eligible for benefits. for social service benefits, welfare and so forth. we have come a long way, thanks to the union, and there is something else. a decision will be made by the supreme court very soon, which is designed to weaken the unions
in states where we have agency fees. that allows unions to charge nonmembers dues because we have to represent them whether they are a member or not. i think it is important for people to realize the purpose of all,nion as the first of represent teachers at the bargaining table and to protect their rights, to protect their positions when they are unjustly accused of something. better pay, get better benefits. that is all i really had to say. host: the decision the viewer spoke about, we have not had a check -- we have had a chance to interview mark janus, the plaintiff. you can see both of those interviews when you go to our website at c-span.org, including some other interesting packs --
things happening in the supreme court. the new york times reporting that the president will not attend the white house correspondents association dinner that is aired on c-span every year. it takes place in washington. they note the white house press secretary, sarah huckabee sanders, plans to appear. what's go to rockville, maryland, jerry is next -- let's go to rockville, maryland, jerry is next. imagine,t is hard to when people talk about the word "money," how that will solve a problem. you go to the school districts and see them spending $800,000 for astroturf for a football field. are you aware of what that $800,000 can be better spent than astroturf? what is wrong with playing on dirt and grass? as far as dollars per people, if
money solved the problem, d.c. would have rhodes scholars. they spent $13,000 per student per year in the district of columbia, philadelphia, new york, chicago. and look at the outcomes -- dropouts, people who can't go to college, people who can't read and write. we want to talk about money flowing at the problem. i think we have a cultural problem, to be honest. money doesn't solve the problem. you need to stop lying and saying money, money, money. if that was the case, the outcome would be a whole lot better in the jurisdictions that are dirt poor. that is where the money is being thrown at and they get nothing but clogged toilets. host: that is jerry in rockville, maryland. gazette,he charleston others follow west virginia's
lead. teacher strike sparks movements in oklahoma and beyond. when you turn to the lexington-kentucky herald, it shows teachers who are committed to protesting over teacher pay. the headline -- we are not going away, what is next for kentucky teachers after march? that is how things are playing out in papers across the country this morning. from boulder creek, california, a teacher, this is mike. i was then a talk about teacher tenure. originally, a lot of people complained that teachers have reason teachers got tenure as the administrators used to be able to let teacher go if they had a wife or daughter that needed a job, and
they would just let a teacher go and replace that teacher with their family member, or a friend , without any reason for firing the teacher. theou look at some of practices going on in the current administration where people complain about someone like pruitt spending money he should not be spending, and suddenly they have lost their job or given a different position. you can see how easily in government, jobs can be abused. people who think the unions are wrong or that we are spending too much money on education need to realize that the kinds of things that can happen in government. the other thing about spending
money, there have been very itcessful programs where doesn't really cost a lot of money. kidshey did was get these tutoring soerschool their parents could work during the day. host: that is mike in boulder creek, california. bloomberg reporting about paul manafort, asking the special counsel to identify alleged accomplices. manafort bemr. indicted, he says he needs to know more about robert mueller's case against him to defend him in a trial. manafort is asking a federal --ge to order mueller to our reveal the identities of accomplices who allegedly helped him lobby on behalf of ukrainian officials in the u.s. that was part of his request for a bill of particulars to prevent
an unfair surprise at trial. he wants prosecutors to provide his lawyers a detailed list of the allegedly false and misleading statements he made to his bookkeepers, tax accountants, lawyers, and the justice department about lobbying work in 2016. the demand for new new information -- new information from mueller, they focused on regardinghone numbers five investigations. in pennsylvania, we would hear next from don. caller: good morning, pedro. teachers are striking and it is punishing the kids, no matter what they say. it is punishing the kids. untilrs work from 9:00 2:30. they work 180 days a year. they want all this money, more money. they should extend the work.
period for them to a minimum of 200 days the year. the school board let 50 people go because they are running the bills up through the ceiling. new football fields. they punish the academics and do not punish the sports. that is my comment. host: joe, that up, from kentucky. caller: hello? host: go ahead, you are on. caller: i think the school boards are overstaffed. if a principal messes up in a school, they take him out of the school and put him into the board of education and pay him a big salary. they get their house paid for and they get their card paid for -- car paid for. i was astonished by our kentucky officials at the capital.
we have over 1000 people demonstrating down there. a lot of people are disabled, in wheelchairs. there were still seats in the balcony. they would not let them in the capital. it is a law they broke both ways, ada law, and one of the senators come out and was real nasty. our governor called the teacher names -- teachers names. i have never seen a governor in my life who called people names like you did. host: greg in wichita falls, texas. caller: good morning. my beef with the teachers is that -- and again, i appreciate what teachers doing all that -- but what seniors -- teachers seem to want us to work for government monopoly and yet they want this kind of market capitalism place where they can bargain, but they fight school choice every step of the way.
it seems what they want is socialism for me but capitalism -- socialism for thee and capitalism for me. i think parents have the same rights as kids. kids have the right to go out and hire the best teachers they can find, and if the teacher is worth it, god bless them. become the michael jordan of teachers. the whole idea that we are going to stand here and you are going to pay us what we can get, and you have no real recourse as far as getting rid of us, i cannot buy that. you work for a monopoly. this is what you have got now. host: donna, a teacher in laurel, maryland. donna? go ahead. caller: hello, my name is donna. am a 43 year retired teacher. my issue is preschool teachers,
associatione is no for us, and our pay is absolutely atrocious. most of my money i found over those years was due to pain -- paying for supplies and helping children out, and clothing and food and books and supplies for the school. this is not a good situation. children need to be thought of as the most important asset of educationy, and their should be number one priority for all people in this country. host: that is donna in laurel, maryland. the washington post takes a look at relations between marco rubio and the governor of florida, rick scott. according to sean sullivan, scott is poised to announce his challenge to bill nelson on monday after encouragement from president trump and other
republican leaders. mr. rubio will not appear at the kickoff. he also has said he does not plan to campaign against nelson, who he has praised as a partner. rubio is supporting scott, but strategists and donors wonder how enthusiastically. privately voiced his displeasure over attacks he faced in 2016. they forced a generally productive relationship with nelson. page, a story taking a look at the epa administrator. saying, andt reiterating his support for scott pruitt, saying that he is "doing a great job." we will go back to calls. this is cherie in west virginia. caller: good morning.
we were just held hostage here in west virginia by the teachers union. i objected to it, because they had a contract in place and i think the time to negotiate was when the contract was up. the governor has promised pay raises from an unbalanced state budget. goodness knows where he is going to find the money, because it is not there on paper. we are a very poor state right now. all the tv coverage quoted the average teacher's pay across the country. you cannot compare the teacher's pay in california and new york to the cost of living of a teacher here in west virginia. also, there were no negotiations. it was strictly a pay raise. we didn't talk about tenure, job reviews, compensation based on performance, benefits, increasing the school day, increasing the number of hours
in the day. goodness knows, we need education here in west virginia. host: let's go to alan in little rock, arkansas, a teacher. hello. caller: good morning. i am a little surprised no one has called to describe, you might say the elephant in the room, it is really the donkey in the room. the schools have become, through the teachers, democrat party recruitment machines. not only did they find the democrat party collectively and virtually 100%, but the graduate toools teaching teachers become the most radical liberals in the country, and they are doing that to our students. i have fought against it for decades, been discriminated against as a conservative teacher in the schools, and they are doing nothing but perverting
the political and really the patriotic sensibilities of our students. i remember years ago, bill dudley said the jobs of teachers were to teach the values of the surrounding society. that is not what they have done. they have absolutely perverted it to a political agenda that is typically anti-american. that is why you are seeing so much of this going on, and this , ale circumstance in florida higher socioeconomic school setting, they facilitated that entire school body to be a spokesperson for the democratic party. host: let's go to bill in wyoming. good morning. caller: good morning. host: your next. caller: how are you? host: fine, thank you. caller: i was calling about our schools and our teachers.
i believe a teacher has a right to protest. on top of that, they don't really get enough salary, because the children nowadays, they are supposed to be the educated people, however they do not teach anything anymore. my daughter is a teacher. she is an elderly lady -- i shouldn't say that. i would get in big trouble. if she tries to get everything she can out of the child, she tries to teach everything, thanks to obama and his wife, they have totally screwed up the school system. most of the young teachers now are totally liberal. all that they want is basically coffee time in their paycheck. they just push the kid on to the next program, to the next teacher, and so forth.
it is a shame to say, but i believe our schools are on the bottom of the list of educated people. host: bill is the last call on this topic of teacher protest across the united states. tomorrow, we are going to feature author and conservative columnist cal thomas to talk about political news. his recent column warning that washington may be reaching what he describes as a breaking point. as we have been doing over the last several sundays as part of our 1968 america in turmoil series, tomorrow's program takes a look at the evolution of liberal polities and politics -- policies and politics in 1968. joining that discussion is kathleen kennedy townsend and michael cohen. we will also take a look at the papers and take your phone calls as well.
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